The state administration on Thursday made heavy deployment of security forces to defuse tension at Pathan Toli village in Gopalganj district, which witnessed bloody clashes between two groups of people belonging to two different communities on Wednesday.
Additional Director General (ADG), headquarters, Neelmani said three commandants of the Bihar Military Police (BMP) and a Superintendent of Police (SP) have been deployed at Gopalganj to assist the local police in restoring normalcy in the area.
He said one company each of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has been deployed at the affected village.
“The RAF and the CRPF personnel have been deployed in addition to the jawans of the BMP, Special Auxiliary Police (SAP) and the District Armed Police (DAP), who have been deputed in large numbers to prevent any untoward incident,” the ADG said, adding that the security personnel staged a flag march in affected villages to instill confidence among the residents.
He said a meeting of the members of the peace committee was held in the presence of senior administrative and police officials to restore normalcy. “People in groups visited adjoining villages and appealed to the residents to maintain peace and communal harmony,” he added.
Neelmani, however, denied the report of missing of a few children from Pathan Toli after the incident. “The police have not so far received any complaint about missing of any child or adult,” he said and appealed to the people not to be swayed by rumours.
He also instructed the police officials to deal sternly with rumour-mongers and maintain restraint in dealing with such a sensitive issue. The policemen have been summoned from Siwan, Saran and East Champaran districts.
The ADG claimed that the situation at Pathan Toli was well under control.
Probed emanded into Police Inspector's death
The death of Gopalganj inspector Jay Prakash during idol immersion at Pathan Toli on Wednesday has been mired in controversy with the deceased’s family and the Bihar Police Association (BPA) and demanding a probe.
The deceased police officer’s widow Madhu Bharti claimed that her husband body bore injury marks, which suggested that he was beaten up black and blue by the unruly mob.
She told mediapersons at Sonepur that her husband had not ever complained of cardiac problems. “He did not ever consume liquor as most policemen do,” she said, adding that on what basis the concerned officials declared his (Jay Prakash’s) death due to cardiac arrest.
“Why the body was handed over to the family with conducting the post mortem examination?” she asked, demanding a thorough investigation.
Echoing similar views, BPA office bearer KK Jha said the government should conduct a through investigation into the circumstances leading to the inspector’s death. He also demanded full-fledged benefits to the deceased officer’s family.
When contacted, ADG (headquarters) Neelmani said that the officer’s dependant would be given a government job and the benefits as admissible.